Originally Posted by punked256
I see on the forum Gigabyte Z370 Gaming 7 is quite praised as well "due to iSL99227B (60A rating)" as per AlphaC
I'm trying to find a great board for gaming actually, so will do basic overclock for CPU (Kraken x62) & RAM (no Nitrogen stuff)
If you're not delidding and using a monoblock, or doing anything that constitutes 'extreme overclocking' (LN2) you'll be very well served by the Gaming 7, the Taichi, or the Hero.
Any of those boards will easily take you to the thermal limit on the CPU die if its not delidded, I believe.
So if your build is centered around non-delidded OCing performance with an AIO cooler like the Kraken, those boards are are all pretty much equal as far as the OC on your CPU goes.
You'd probably be fine with the STRIX, even - but I can't recommend them because I don't like the way the bios team for them at ASUS has been acting.
I'm new to memory overclocking, so someone more experienced might have to correct me here, but as far as I'm aware - your cooling setup would bottleneck your northbridge voltage headroom before you exhausted the memory OC capabilities of any of those boards too. So for you, again, all those boards are great choices for your setup.
Really, if you're not using a monoblock or LN2, and just OCing for games, you needn't worry too much about the VRM quality differences between those higher end boards. All will be suitable for your needs. What the APEX has over those boards is increased memory OC potential and potentially higher quality power delivery when you're running AVX loads at 5GHz+ 24/7, or engineering specifically based around LN2 -- if you're not delidding, you don't benefit from any of that, so don't worry about it.tldr:
All those boards are good, if you like the Gaming 7, go for it, it will give you the best you can get out of your setup.